Elizabeth "Ellie" Fredricksen was the childhood friend and later wife of Carl Fredricksen from the Award-winning Pixar movie, Up.
All her life, she dreamed of adventure and she always wanted to go to Paradise Falls. But by the time she and Carl grew elderly, she suddenly died from old age, leaving Carl widowed and alone.
In her youth (age 8), Ellie met Carl (who was 9) and they instantly became best friends; she passionately shared with him her dreams of travelling to South America, along with her desire to move her clubhouse, an abandoned house in the neighborhood, to a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls, making Carl promise to help her; a moment that left a deep and lasting impression on him.
Years later, Ellie and Carl (as young adults) married each other and decided to turn her old clubhouse into their new home, then became employees of the local zoo (a zookeeper and a balloon salesman respectively).
Their marriage was a happy and loving one until she learned that she was infertile and could not have children; the news broke her heart. Carl then showed Ellie her old Adventure Book to remind her of the childhood promise that brought them together, quickly bringing her out of her depression.
Over the intervening years, they made several attempts to save up for the trip, but other pressing needs in their lives forced them to keep spending their earnings.
Death and legacy
Ellie eventually forgot about the promise as her and Carl's marriage continued to flourish blissfully into old age.
Then one day while out on another picnic with her husband (who was planning to surprise her with the plane tickets he had bought), she collapsed from illness and became hospitalized.
Before passing away, she gave Carl her old Adventure Book, but she was unable to tell him of its true meaning (possibly due to infirmity). Her funeral was held in the same church where she and Carl had their wedding.
Unbeknownst to her husband, Ellie had added photos of their happy life together in the Adventure Book and a final message saying: "Thanks for the adventure - now go have a new one!" It is only near the end of the film - after mourning her for several years - does Carl finally come across the new content, reinvigorating him at last.
- Ellie was one year younger than her husband.
- If she was still alive, she would have been 77 years old.
- Ellie's name is based on her voice actress, Elie Docter, the film's director Pete Docter's daughter.